Teens to go unpunished for torturing pensioner
Germany

Teens to go unpunished for torturing pensioner

Police on Wednesday said two teen boys will likely not face prosecution for torturing an elderly Munich woman this week because they are only aged 13.

Fake ‘glaciers’ grown to combat big melt
Germany

Fake ‘glaciers’ grown to combat big melt

An entrepreneurial German physicist has created artificial “glaciers” in the Black Forest with the aim of boosting Alpine tourism and providing water supplies in the age of climate change.

Hamburg authorities criticised after teen deportee’s death
Germany

Hamburg authorities criticised after teen deportee’s death

The city of Hamburg is facing heavy criticism following the suicide of a 17-year-old boy held in custody ahead of his planned deportation back to Georgia.

Riesch leaves Vonn behind in blistering Garmisch downhill run
Germany

Riesch leaves Vonn behind in blistering Garmisch downhill run

Germany's Maria Riesch romped to victory in the women's World Cup finals downhill race in Garmisch on Wednesday, leaving Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States in her wake.

Computer use doesn’t make kids fat: report
Sweden

Computer use doesn’t make kids fat: report

Children who spend long periods in front of the television run a far higher risk of being overweight than those spending a long time in front of computer, a new survey of Lund school children has shown.

‘Jihad Jane’ visited Sweden to plan attack
Sweden

‘Jihad Jane’ visited Sweden to plan attack

The American woman known as "Jihad Jane", charged by US authorities on Tuesday with conspiring to kill Swedish Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks, is reported to have paid a visit to Sweden in August.

Child abuse scandal spreads to Catholic dorm
Germany

Child abuse scandal spreads to Catholic dorm

A Roman Catholic dormitory near Frankfurt closed in 1981 on Wednesday became the latest religious institution enmeshed in a child abuse scandal now involving over two-thirds of Germany's dioceses.

The worst of times for literary translators in Germany?
Germany

The worst of times for literary translators in Germany?

In the wake of the worst recession since World War II, the German Foreign Ministry has decided to cut funding to international literary projects. Advocates say it imperils the already threadbare livelihood of translators across the country.

Fun and games in the Fatherland
Germany

Fun and games in the Fatherland

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy muses on the Teutonic penchant for deriving pleasure from other people’s pain.

Top flight club bans foreign language use
Sweden

Top flight club bans foreign language use

Swedish top flight football club, Brommapojkarna (BP) have introduced a language policy requiring all players to speak Swedish to each other in order to be eligible for selection.

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Sweden

Geely secures Volvo purchase finance

Chinese car maker Zheijiang Geely Holding Group is a step closer to becoming the new owner of Swedish firm Volvo Cars after announcing that it had secured the 15 billion kronor ($2.1 billion) in required financing, a report said on Wednesday.

Rösler threatens pharma industry with drug discounts
Germany

Rösler threatens pharma industry with drug discounts

German Health Minister Philipp Rösler on Wednesday threatened the pharmaceutical industry with mandated drug discounts to help rein in costs.

Bayern’s Schweini wary of Champions League big guns
Germany

Bayern’s Schweini wary of Champions League big guns

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger admitted he would be pleased if Bayern Munich avoided the Champions League's top teams in the quarter-finals after scraping past Fiorentina this week.

US ‘Jihad Jane’ linked to plot to kill cartoonist
Sweden

US ‘Jihad Jane’ linked to plot to kill cartoonist

An American woman known as "Jihad Jane" was charged by US authorities on Tuesday with conspiring to kill Swedish Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks, government sources told CNN.

Vilks ‘not shaking with fear’ over murder plot
Sweden

Vilks ‘not shaking with fear’ over murder plot

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks said he was undaunted by revelations of a plot on his life after seven people were arrested in Ireland on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Voddler signs deal with Warner Bros.

Swedish internet movie service Voddler has signed a contract with the US film giant Warner Bros. Entertainment. The deal covers film material from Warner Bros and New Line Cinema.

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Sweden

House burns down after fire fighter exit

A house in Hällefors in eastern Sweden burned to the ground on Sunday after fire fighters, satisfied that they had successfully extinguished a fire, left the still intact building.

Police chief aims to save boys from life of crime
Sweden

Police chief aims to save boys from life of crime

Stockholm county police chief Carin Götblad has recommended the creation of special municipal task forces to coordinate efforts from police, schools and social services to steer Sweden's youth away from criminality.

MP faces investigation over use of dodgy ‘Dr’ title
Germany

MP faces investigation over use of dodgy ‘Dr’ title

German authorities are investigating a federal member of parliament over his use of a dodgy “Doctor” title, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Wednesday.

Economists dismiss European IMF idea
Germany

Economists dismiss European IMF idea

Talk of a European version of the International Monetary Fund to rescue errant EU states is little more than a distracting sideshow, analysts and a key central banker say.

Westerwelle blasted over partner’s travel
Germany

Westerwelle blasted over partner’s travel

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was hit with criticism Wednesday that his partner Michael Mronz was accompanying him on a South American trip to do his own business networking.

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Sweden

Euro court warns Sweden over Iran deportation

The European Court of Human Rights has told Sweden that it will breach its humanitarian obligations if it deports an Iranian asylum seeker, saying his claims of past torture appeared to be true.